Jail time for repeat offender
An 18-year-old has been sentenced on four unrelated criminal incidents that occurred over a six-month period in Langley, Surrey and White Rock, including an assault on two officers, obstructing police and a suspicious vehicle incident that ended with a police-dog pursuit.
On Friday, March 2, Dallas Wayne Ball, of Langley, was sentenced by a Surrey Provincial Court judge to a combined term of more than two months in jail, plus 18 months of probation for all four offences.
The judge also imposed a 10-year ban against owning firearms.
Court records indicate Ball had already been held in custody for 31 days awaiting trial.
Ball pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to one count of assaulting a police officer in connection with a Nov. 2 incident in the City of Langley. It occurred after two RCMP Street Enforcement Unit officers spotted two men walking through an alley, one of them, Ball, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant.
When the plainclothes Mounties identified themselves, the suspects ran and the officers gave chase.
During the foot pursuit, RCMP said, Ball turned and sprayed the officers with pepper spray.
Both officers were treated at the scene by paramedics. Ball was arrested a short time later.
Police said they were able to identify the second suspect in the pepper-spray incident, but no charges were laid.
Ball also pleaded guilty to unrelated charges of taking or occupying a “vehicle or vessel” without consent of the owner and possession of stolen property in connection with a July 15 incident in White Rock.
Shortly after 1 a.m., White Rock RCMP were dispatched to the 15900-block of Thrift Avenue for a suspicious vehicle.
The vehicle was located shortly after three blocks away on King George Boulevard, but failed to stop when an officer attempted to pull the vehicle over.
The RCMP helicopter, Air 1, was called in to light up the scene.
The vehicle was located, unoccupied, nestled between two large evergreens on a residential lawn on 148 Street.
It was later determined stolen.
A police dog located Ball and two others a block away, hiding in the bushes, police said.
Court records did not disclose what happened to the other two.
Ball was also convicted on one count of robbery in connection with a Sept. 26 incident in Langley, and one count of obstructing or willfully resisting a police officer in Surrey on Jan. 14.